Spice Alternatives

Emergency Ingredient Substitutions   Whether you’re making an emergency substitution or experimenting with a new flavor, follow these suggestions for spice alternatives. As a general rule, start with half of the amount the recipe calls for (unless directed otherwise), and add the spice until it suits your taste.

Allspice: cinnamon; dash nutmeg; or dash cloves

Aniseed: fennel seed or a few drops anise extract

Cardamom: ginger

Chili Powder: dash bottled hot pepper sauce plus a combination of oregano and cumin

Cinnamon: nutmeg or allspice (use only 1/4 of the amount)

Cloves: allspice; cinnamon; or nutmeg

Cumin: chili powder

Ginger: allspice; cinnamon; mace; or nutmeg

Mace: allspice; cinnamon; ginger; or nutmeg

Nutmeg: cinnamon; ginger; or mace

Saffron: dash turmeric (for color)


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